BISMARCK -- In this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors, Mike Anderson of the Game and Fish Department helps explain how the state’s wildlife and fisheries are holding up during drought conditions.

The hot, dry conditions in North Dakota this summer have led to a decline in wildlife habitat.

"So you end up with low quality habitat, which means low-quality food sources, you know, water that's maybe scarce or lower quality," says Casey Anderson, the Game and Fish Department's Wildlife Division chief.

Fish populations are still strong throughout most of the state despite lower water levels, says Fisheries Division Chief Greg Powers.

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“We got through the summer without really any substantial summer kill. Given how hot and dry it was, we totally expected to have half a dozen, 10 lakes maybe with some type of maybe even substantial kills, especially pike lakes. Didn't see it so that's good news.”